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August 30, 2013
 The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is organizing a chimney swift watch in Shepherdstown the evening of Friday, Sept. 6. The event will be led by veteran birders Nancy and Elliot Kirschbaum. It will be free and open to everyone. Families with children will be welcome. Those who wish to participate should plan to meet the Kirschbaums at 7 p.m. on High Street, by the Shepherd University greenhouses, and bring their own binoculars and chairs. For more information about chimney swifts, go to www.chimneyswifts.org .  For more information about the event, contact Nancy Kirschbaum at 304-268-8050 or nancyk500@comcast.net . In the event of rain, the watch will be moved to Saturday, Sept..
NEWS
February 3, 2013
A Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter received a second-degree burn to the hand after a Saturday morning chimney fire in the Smithsburg area flashed up the chimney, Longmeadow Fire Chief Jason Eckstine said. The volunteer firefighter was taken to Meritus Medical Center and was released about four hours later, Eckstine said. It will be a couple of days before the firefighter returns to service, Eckstine said Sunday. Longmeadow was assisting Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. on a chimney fire call in the 13200 block of Edgemont Road shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, according to an email from James Ulrich, chief of operations for Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services.
NEWS
November 23, 1997
Chimney fire in Berkeley Springs BERKELEY SPRINGS - A chimney fire spread into the wall of a house at 409 Wilkes St. Friday night, fire officials said. Firefighters had to open the wall to extinguish the fire, which caused about $5,000 in damages, said Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Steve McBee. A woodstove was hooked to the chimney in the house, which was owned by Brenda Kershaw, McBee said. INWOOD - One man was thrown from a car after it went into the median on Interstate 81 Friday and rolled over several times, according to West Virginia State Police.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
Two fire companies responded Sunday morning to a chimney fire on French Lane, according to Washington County Emergency Services. Firefighters were dispatched between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday to the chimney fire, which was in the 11500 block of French Lane, a 911 supervisor said. The chimney on the house was a mortar type and it appears the fire might have extended through a gap in the mortar into a bedroom, said Brian Lowman, deputy chief of Williamsport Volunteer Fire & Emergency Medical Services.
LIFESTYLE
By PAT SCHOOLEY | Special to The Herald-Mail | December 9, 2011
This is the 190th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County. See a slideshow of more historic and modern photos at www.herald-mail.com/lifestyle.     The old house stands on a bluff above Md. 56 about a mile from Big Spring, commanding the view. A large chimney rises above the gambrel roof at the rear of the original section of the building. The chimney is built of dressed stones laid in regular courses and divided into three sections by two set backs.
NEWS
By PAT LOGAN / Creators Syndicate | November 20, 2009
Dear Pat: Whenever we use our great room fireplace, some smoke comes out into the room. I am going to add one to the master bedroom. How can I keep the new fireplace from being smoky like the old one? - Patty M. Dear Patty: You definitely are not alone with the problem of a smoky wood-burning fireplace. More than half of fireplaces cause some smoky conditions inside homes and it is difficult to ever totally rid the room of the smoky odor. There are many possible causes of a smoky fireplace.
NEWS
January 19, 2009
CLEAR SPRING - A chimney fire damaged a home Saturday on Dry Run Road, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire, at 13633 Dry Run Road, near Clear Spring, caused an estimated $18,000 worth of damage to the building and $2,000 to the contents, the fire marshal's office said in a news release. The fire appears to have been accidental. "A fire in the chimney overheated and ignited the nearby combustible floor joists," the news release says. The family was displaced from the single-family home.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | February 20, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com Heavy snow from last weekend's storm knocked over a chimney on a courthouse Wednesday, caused part of a roof to collapse on a Shepherdstown church and caused officials to take measures to prevent further problems. Wednesday morning, a section of ice and snow slid down the roof of the Jefferson County Courthouse and knocked over a chimney on the building, said Jesse Jones, chief deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. The remains of the chimney fell onto a parking lot below, but no one was struck, said Jefferson County Administrator Leslie Smith.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | January 3, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com RANSON, W.VA. - A man and his wife were staying with friends Sunday after fire spread through their house at 211 E. 11th Ave. earlier in the day, a fire official said. It is believed the fire started about noon as a result of a crack in a chimney, Lt. Tyree Kable of the Independent Fire Co. said. A wood stove was connected to the chimney, and it is believed that fire in the chimney escaped through the crack and into a floor joist, Kable said.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | December 22, 2003
SMITHSBURG - Firefighters fought a chimney and attic fire in a home near the Frederick County, Md., line for 75 minutes Sunday morning before containing it. A Washington County 911 center spokesman said crews were dispatched at 9:30 a.m. to 9542 Crystal Falls Drive for the fire. David Shoop, of the Mt. Aetna Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire started in the chimney of the home and extended into the walls. Shoop said no one was injured in the blaze, and the owners of the home, whom he did not identify, were not displaced.
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August 30, 2013
 The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is organizing a chimney swift watch in Shepherdstown the evening of Friday, Sept. 6. The event will be led by veteran birders Nancy and Elliot Kirschbaum. It will be free and open to everyone. Families with children will be welcome. Those who wish to participate should plan to meet the Kirschbaums at 7 p.m. on High Street, by the Shepherd University greenhouses, and bring their own binoculars and chairs. For more information about chimney swifts, go to www.chimneyswifts.org .  For more information about the event, contact Nancy Kirschbaum at 304-268-8050 or nancyk500@comcast.net . In the event of rain, the watch will be moved to Saturday, Sept..
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NEWS
March 3, 2013
Two fire companies responded Sunday morning to a chimney fire on French Lane, according to Washington County Emergency Services. Firefighters were dispatched between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday to the chimney fire, which was in the 11500 block of French Lane, a 911 supervisor said. The chimney on the house was a mortar type and it appears the fire might have extended through a gap in the mortar into a bedroom, said Brian Lowman, deputy chief of Williamsport Volunteer Fire & Emergency Medical Services.
NEWS
February 3, 2013
A Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter received a second-degree burn to the hand after a Saturday morning chimney fire in the Smithsburg area flashed up the chimney, Longmeadow Fire Chief Jason Eckstine said. The volunteer firefighter was taken to Meritus Medical Center and was released about four hours later, Eckstine said. It will be a couple of days before the firefighter returns to service, Eckstine said Sunday. Longmeadow was assisting Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. on a chimney fire call in the 13200 block of Edgemont Road shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, according to an email from James Ulrich, chief of operations for Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services.
NEWS
January 24, 2013
A chimney fire that started above a wood stove Wednesday night caused about $65,000 in damages to a mobile home in Knoxville, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire was reported at 10:09 p.m. by the occupants of the double-wide mobile home at 1834 Hoffmaster Road, according to a fire marshal's office news release. Authorities said the fire, which spread from the chimney to the structure, caused $55,000 in damages to the structure and $10,000 in damages to the contents.
NEWS
February 21, 2012
A chimney fire has been reported in the 3400 block of Western Pike west of Hancock, a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said. Units were responding to the scene around 7:25 a.m. Tuesday. The fire had been extinguished by about 7:45 a.m.
NEWS
December 27, 2011
One person had minor burns when a chimney fire spread into the walls of his home Tuesday morning, Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Jason Eckstine said. The fire was called in at 2:51 a.m. from the 13000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, and firefighters cleared the scene at 4:44 a.m., a Washington County 911 dispatcher said. When firefighters arrived there was smoke filling the house and fire coming from the mantel, Eckstine said. It took firefighters about half an hour to extinguish the fire in the wall, he said.
NEWS
December 26, 2011
A chimney fire at a house on Main Street in Sharpsburg closed the street to traffic for more than an hour Monday night as firefighters battled the blaze. Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Main Street for the fire at about 8:05 p.m., a Washington County 911 dispatcher said. Deputy Fire Chief Chris Mullendore of the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. said the fire was in the home's chimney but extended into the wall and slightly under the chimney. The older home sustained an estimated $2,000 in damage from the fire, Mullendore said.
LIFESTYLE
By PAT SCHOOLEY | Special to The Herald-Mail | December 9, 2011
This is the 190th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County. See a slideshow of more historic and modern photos at www.herald-mail.com/lifestyle.     The old house stands on a bluff above Md. 56 about a mile from Big Spring, commanding the view. A large chimney rises above the gambrel roof at the rear of the original section of the building. The chimney is built of dressed stones laid in regular courses and divided into three sections by two set backs.
NEWS
October 29, 2011
A home on National Pike near Clear Spring was damaged Saturday morning when a chimney fire spread into the wall and floor, Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Reid said. The house, a single-family Cape Cod at 13815 National Pike, had moderate damage, but the residents decided to stay in it, Reid said. Two people live in the house, he said. The fire began in the chimney as the residents were burning a wood stove, Reid said. Fire companies from Maugansville, Williamsport, Halfway and Franklin County, Pa., assisted at the scene.
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